The Kansas City Chiefs had a successful outing in Cincinnati highlighted by the play of the quarterbacks. The running backs all had an impressive night as well. However, they are not the only players to see their stock rise coming back to Kansas City.
Clearly, the first-string offense of line deserves the heap of credit. The unit was able to protect the quarterbacks, allowing only one sack in two and half quarters. They were also able to generate 5.2 yards per carry on the ground in Cincinnati. The starting five offensive linemen deserve the most credit to this point in the preseason for any single position group.
Beyond the offense of line two players are reaping the rewards of their performance to this point.
Making the most of your targets
Backup tight end Demetrius Harris has been a favorite of both Alex Smith and Patrick Mahomes thus far in the preseason. Against the Bengals, he was targeted three times, made three catches and had two receiving touchdowns while playing an average of 35% of the offensive snaps.
Most importantly, Harris seems to have turned the corner in his battle to avoid unnecessary drops. He clearly has re-secured the backup tight end position that Gavin Escobar was brought in to compete for. Look for Harris continue to see targets early in the regular season as teams attempt and take away both Tyreek Hill as well at Travis Kelce.
Learning from your mistakes
Eric Murray took a lot of heat for a badly missed tackle against 49ers. With a week to practice, he cleaned up his game dramatically in Cincinnati.
— Ryan Tracy (@RyanTracyNFL) August 21, 2017
Murray got a large volume of snaps in game two of the preseason due to Eric Berry being held out with a heel injury. Murray took advantage both of having the opportunity to play as well as learning from Berry.
While playing deep safety, Murray was able to display some playmaking skills much like the older Berry. Above, Murray reads the play instantly and is able to explode downhill to meet the ball at the receiver.
Later in the game, Murray was also able to take advantage of a tipped ball to record his first interception of the preseason. During his return, Murray was able to do a capable impression of Eric Berry with the ball in his hand.
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